Clinical Neurology, A Primer

Clinical Neurology

A Primer

By Peter Gates


1 Clinically oriented neuroanatomy: ?Meridians of longitude and parallels of latitude?

2 The neurological history

3 Neurological examination of the limbs

4 The cranial nerves and understanding the brainstem: The ?Rule of 4?

5 The cerebral hemispheres and cerebellum: Assessment of higher cognitive function

6 After the history and examination, what next?

7 Episodic disturbances of neurological function

8 Seizures and epilepsy

9 Headache and facial pain

10 Cerebrovascular disease

11 Common neck, arm and upper back problems

12 Back pain and common leg problems with or without difficulty walking

13 Abnormal movements and difficulty walking due to central nervous system problems

14 Miscellaneous neurological disorders

15 Further reading, keeping up-to-date and retrieving information

Appendices

A: The Mini-Mental State Examination

B: Benign focal seizures of childhood

C: Currently recommended drugs for epilepsy

D: Treatment of migraine

E: Epidemiology and primary prevention of stroke

F: Current criteria for t-PA in patients with ischaemic stroke

G: Barwon Health dysphagia screen

H: Nerve conduction studies and electromyography

I: Diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis

Glossary